Lesson 11 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Emilio en España' Spanish language instruction series of 1965. This film focuses on age-old farming practices in the Meseta Central, including mule and wooden plow. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm Topics: Meseta Central, Spain, Spanish language instruction
This film was originally produced with a musical soundtrack, now lost. It features compelling shots of Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park. For more on Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm Topic: Grand Canyon
Lesson 119 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French language instruction series of 1961. Here is outstanding cinematography of the ruined castle of Carcassonne and environs. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm Topics: Carcassonne, French language instruction
Explains that La Cite de Carcassonne in Southern France is considered to be the finest existing example of a medieval fortress. Examines this ancient structure along with the traditions and problems of the surrounding community, as the town tries to take on the new world and still retain the old. Versions were made for both elementary and advanced students. An English version, Carcassonne: a French Fortress, was distributed in 1972.
byShanta Herzog, Eric Acevedo, Steve Ruiz, Milan Herzog
Milan Herzog produced, both as a line producer as well as an executive producer, an estimated 400 titles, probably more academic films than anyone in history. Born in Vrbovec, Croatia, on August 23-24, 1908, Milan’s greatest influence in film was as Encyclopaedia Britannica Films’ Vice President of Production, where he influenced, supported, and befriended filmmakers such as Chuck Finance, Tom Smith, Bert Van Bork, and Larry Yust. Milan passed away on April 20, 2010. Milan had an... Topics: afana, milan herzog, academic film
The real star here is the late aerial photographer James Freeman, whose breathtaking helicopter shots of Mayan and Aztec ruins at sunrise and sunset won an Academy Award for this film in 1971. Although the English version was narrated by Orson Welles, the Spanish version, narrated by Ricardo Montalban, is in better keeping with the ethnic aspect of the film, and no knowledge of Spanish is needed to appreciate his dramatic impact. Don't be put off by the heroic musical score: this film is... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Maya, Aztec, helicopter, Chichen Itza, Monte Alban, Tulum, Toltec, Uxmal, Palenque
An in-depth study of this famous cathedral. "What is the special character of Chartres Cathedral that we should call it the greatest of the medieval churches?" Narrated by New York Times art critic John Canaday, Chartres becomes a visible fusion of faith, engineering and architecture. The camera pictures the cathedral in its awesome entirety, with detailed closeups, and as an enduring triumph of man's skills. For more on Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topic: cathedral
Lesson 67 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French language instruction series of 1961. Filmed at the famed chateau on the Loire, it begins with a home scene where the husband enjoys a cigarette. His wife is dressed in a magnificent high-fasion dress. The cinematography is stunning, and they arrive at the chateau in a Simca Aronde 1300 Deluxe coupe. We are attempting to determine the names of these actors. The blonde woman we believe is Annick Jorré Allières. If you know the... Topics: Chaumont, chateau, Loire, Simca, French language instruction
A personal experimental stop motion film made by educational filmmaker, Thomas G. Smith. About the film, Tom wrote the following in the third person: "Chess (1964) was an experimental, stop-motion film shot using a spring-wound, 16mm Bolex, while Smith was in the Air Force (1962/1965). He had just played in an armed forces chess tournament. Though good enough to advance to the finals, he was in over his head and soundly beaten by a Marine Colonel in the Armed Forces Worldwide Chess... Topics: avant-garede jazz, free jazz
Features a family-operated cider mill that has prospered for 40 years, run by Ellis & Ethel Apgar, New Jersey hill country farmers who recall farm life in an older, friendlier time. Topics: Lifestyles, American History
Here, a cartoon circus is created by Willis Simm's animation class at Hughes Jr. High School, Woodland Hills, California, with a musical soundtrack performed by Hughes' music teacher Robert Clark. The film is reminiscent of Alexander Calder Performs his "Circus" (Whitney Museum, 1955). This film takes an approach similar to that of Calder, whimsical, poetic, fantastic, but created by his junior high students, rather than the artist himself. For more on Simms, visit... Topic: animation
#7 in the "Circus" series. Studies the artistry of past and present trapeze artists through use of old and new film footage. Features Alfredo Cadona, Antoinette Concello, the flying Artones, the flying Alexanders and Adrian Catarzi. Spotlights the triple somersault, one of the most difficult circus skills. Directed by Mallory Slate, produced by Lane Slate, edited by David Hanser. Topics: acrobats, trapeze
In this film, made by Willis Simms' animation class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, a bored boy in classroom fantasizes about wild animals. Animals sounds and the motor noise of the safari car are all provided by children's voices, which adds to the exceptional charm of this film. The adult appearing as the teacher is unidentified. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm Topic: student film
A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is... Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Samuel Bronston, Latin dialogue
This outrageous parody of the prototype 'commercial' family was apparently made as an in-house joke by one of the largest producers of television commercials. Their clients would have never seen this gem, which parodies products as well as the people that buy them. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 15 reviews ) Topics: parody, advertisement, asian
Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
Along with Larry Yust's 'Lottery', 'Clown' was possibly one of the two best selling ed films ever made. On the surface, it's a cute kid & dog story. Underlying is a possible subtext that fascinates us every time we view the film, and makes for a satisfying, yet ultimately ambiguous ending. Gilou Pelletier is outstanding as the small boy, and the camera work by Guy Suzuki takes wonderful advantage of the terraces of Montmartre. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Paris, Montmartre, Dog, blind
Willis Simms, best known for his student-made films, made this film himself. Animated by white paint on a series of black cards, Simms here describes the making of a coiled clay bowl. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Discusses the color wheel as a guideline for color relationships, focusing on mixing colors, analogous and monochromatic hues, and color value and intensity.For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Outstanding color cinematography by Guy Haselton shows nature in all seasons and in color patterns, textures, and designs of rare effectiveness. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
byRichard O Moore; Irving Saraf; Morton Subotnick; KQED-TV ; National Educational Television and Radio Center.
Series funded by a grant from IBM. Discusses the computer revolution and the relationship between man and machine. Explains how the computer can process millions of bits of data in seconds and can handle as many arithmetic figures in one minute as a man can handle in a lifetime." Artist of series was Wayne Ensrud; Music was by Morton Sobotnik. This film features Dr. Richard Wesley Hamming of Bell Labs and Prof. Ernest Nagel of Columbia U. Topic: computer history
Explains that the computer is a universal machine in that it is capable of doing whatever man is capable of instructing it to do. Shows how decisions from a computer depend on data and instructions put into it. Discusses the problem of a universal machine language." A.L. Samuel from IBM describes his checkers-playing computer program. UC's Ernest Koenigsberg of CEIR; Also with J. P. Eckert; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger; Thomas Barron, Shell Development Corp; Charles R. DeCarlo,... Topic: computer history
byKQED-TV; National Educational Television Film Service.
Discusses the history of computer development from the first mechanical calculator invented by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century to Babbage calculator, to Eniac, the first completely electronic calculator, built in the mid - 1940's. Discusses Von Neumann's binary system. Explains in lay terms how a computer solves a problem." Features J. Presper Eckert, co-inventor of ENIAC; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger of RAND Corp. Topic: computer history
byRichard O Moore; KQED-TV; National Educational Television Film Service.
Explains how the development of the computer has made possible the automatic control of routine tasks in government, industry and general business. Shows how computers are used by the Social Security Administration and by several industrial plants." Shows computer at Numerical Machining Co. in Cleveland; Standard Oil's El Segundo plant & IBM 836 (?); Richard Hamming; Jay Wright Forrester, M.I.T., George Dantzig, UC School of Engineering Topic: computer history
byNational Educational Television Film Service.; KQED-TV
Explores the design and simulation capacities of the digital computer. Shows how the computer is used in a chemical plant, a sugar refinery and a flight center where it plays an important role in the designing and testing of the booster stage of the Saturn rocket." Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL's Dr. Helmut Holzer; Thomas Barron, Shell Development; C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, CA with IBM 1401 computer and Richard Brooks, Coordinator of Operations & Research;... Topic: computer history
byJ Presper Eckert; Ernest Nagel; Charles R DeCarlo; KQED-TV
J P Eckert, co - inventor of Eniac, discusses the question 'WILL MACHINES EVER RUN MAN.' Dr Ernest Nagel of Columbia University and Dr De Carlo of IBM point out man's responsibility in using science and technology." Also A.L. Samuel, IBM; Richard Hamming; Larry Roberts, M.I.T. Speech Recognition program; Norbert Wiener, M.I.T. Emeritus Topic: computer history
Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct. More on the Cornwells at... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topic: mathematics, science
For almost 35 years, Conrad Schwiering has painted the Teton Range with a reverential, almost religious, devotion to the grandeur of his surroundings. For Schwiering, it is the mountains themselves and the rugged individuals who live at their feet that make his canvases spring to life. Topics: Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Follows the course of a waterfall from its source through mountains and meadows, to formation of a valley lake. Includes scenes of glacier - carved rocks, wildflowers, meadows, rivers, brooks and wildlife. Creates a classroom atmosphere which stimulates inquiry into the need for conservation of America's natural resources and natural beauty. Filmed in Yosemite. Topics: conservation, Yosemite
'Controversy Over the Moon' (1971) 15m, dir. Charles L. Finance. This film describes the efforts of scientists to determine the composition of the moon and how it affects the solar system, what meteors aremade from and how craters are formed. The debate here, between geologists Jack Green, who advocates vulcanism, and Eugene M. Shoemaker, who advocates meteorite collision, is over what caused the Copernicus carter. Another in the AGI (American Geological Institute)'Eath Science' series of films... Topics: afana, moon, geology, meteors, craters, astrology, volcanoes
Here, manic Princeton professor Eric Rogers hosts, continually removing and replacing his eyeglasses, ordering around lab assistants --- he forcefully breaks a glass test tube in the hands of an assistant to demonstrate the inelasticity of water --- and furiously pounds equations on a blackboard (Leacock says the scribblings must have lasted 45 minutes, in what must be one of the more necessary cuts in the history of educational film.) Rogers finally conducts an experiment with a young girl,... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Physics
byPhysical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
Dr. James S. Strickland shows how an electrolysis experiment enables us to count the number of elementary charges passing through an electric circuit in a given time and thus calibrate an ammeter. He explains that elementary charges in an electrolysis experiment are identical to those in a Millikan experiment, and demonstrates the random nature of motion of elementary charges with a current of only a few charges per second. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit... Topics: pssc, physics
Filmmaker and artist Clifford West here surveys the life and work of Arnold Blanch, showing him as a teacher and painter in Woodstock, New Jersey. West, who more than 25 films on artists and aspects of art history between 1958 and 1981, utilizes a camera-as-brush technique more in keeping with the approach taken by a painter than a filmmaker. West's serpentine zooms and pans emulate the non-linear way an individual looks at a piece, as opposed to the manner in which a more traditional... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: art, painting, fine arts
The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States. Topics: african-american, black, racism, housing, urban